Bronwyn Bancroft's passion and power recognised in retrospective - Art Collector

6 February 2012 | Bronwyn Bancroft currently has a retrospective at CarriageWorks in Sydney.

The exhibition
Passion, power, politics explores the themes of personal and cultural identity and contemporary Aboriginal life that have interested Bancroft over the course of her 30-year career.

Bancroft works across a wide spectrum of media, from painting to literature, fashion and textile design. Her materially diverse artistic practice is echoed in her professional life. Having established Designer Aboriginals in 1985, in which Indigenous students sold her fabrics, fashion and jewellery, she then became a founding member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, one of Australia’s oldest Indigenous-run artist organisations.

She has also written and illustrated children’s books and has been active on the boards of many prominent arts organisations.

Bancroft has always, in all facets of her life, demonstrated concern for social issues, particularly those affecting Indigenous Australians. HIV/AIDS and education for young Indigenous students are two causes in which Bancroft has been particularly prominent.

Passion, power, politics runs until 17 March 2012 at CarriageWorks, Sydney. Bancroft will give a talk on 10 March 2012 at 1pm.

Zoe Wilesmith

Above: Bronwyn Bancroft, Paradox of Inequality, 2007. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 150 x 150cm. Courtesy: the artist and Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney

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